Alas, as many of you have noticed, I’ve not been very active on the blog this past month. Despite my absence online, I swear it has all been for a good cause! For you see, I’ve just spent the last 6 weeks (of holiday shopping mania) selling children’s books! And I’ll tell you, there’s no better way to get a snippet of whats selling in the kidlit market than to work in the children’s department of a bookstore during the big holiday push.
Though I don’t have access to official book selling numbers, there are a number of ways to tell what books are selling like hot-cakes and which are floundering in the dust. For example:
- Take a look around the store and you can get a great idea of what’s doing well. Such as — that pile of display books that was towering yesterday and is gone today…yup, it’s pretty safe to say that’s selling well!
- Shelving books from receiving is another great way to see what needs re-stocking. Particularly with books we only have one or two copies of.
- And of course actual requests from customers helps you to get a sense of what they’ve heard about and want to buy.
- And lets not forget the hand selling. A book-sellers life is about lots and lots and lots of hand-selling!
I’ve decided to break down my observations from this holiday season into a few categories as to better organize what’s hot in which sections. I’ll be posting the following reports throughout the week:
- What was Hot in the Picture Book Market this Season
- Series Make Spectacular Gifts
- Hot YA and Holes in the Market
- Adult Nostalgia and Book-Buying Trends
- How Marketing and NPR Can Make You a Best-Seller
- Adults Buying for Kids They Don’t Really Know
I hope your holidays were spectacular and that the coming information helps inspire you for the New Year!